What are nerves
Nerves are the ones that connect people to the external environment. The nerves are the basis of our touch, pain (or protection), vision, smell, hearing, balance and many other functions.
If the nerves are damaged…
If the nerves are damaged, any of these functions may be impaired or lost. Tingling, numbness, burning or loss of function after injury indicate possible nerve damage. It can be caused by compression or injury. As a result of compression, sensory and motor disturbances may gradually develop (see carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, pronator syndrome). The only difference is that the loss or impairment of a function occurs gradually.
The wasting of a muscle group indicates that the nerve has been depressed or otherwise damaged for a long time.
Traumatic nerve damage
In case of traumatic nerve damage, the loss of sensation and function appears immediately. In such cases, the nerve can be restored surgically using microsurgery, that is, surgery under optical magnification. If the damaged nerve is not sutured, its function will never be restored. If the nerve damage is sutured late, the chances of nerve regeneration are reduced.
What is treated at the Microsurgery center
The microsurgery center treats mainly peripheral nerves (see carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, pronator syndrome) as well as damage to the plexus brachialis at any age. To regenerate a nerve, it is often necessary to replace an important but damaged nerve with a less important nerve from another part of the body. If the damaged nerve cannot be restored, the muscles are switched from less important to more important functions.